MicroMillions 4: ruslanmd wins second MM4 title in two days in Event 64, $3.30 NLHE

Moldovan online poker player ruslanmd had a pretty good day at the tables yesterday, winning Event 55 of MicroMillions 4 and taking home $3,378.77 on a $2.20 investment. As it turns out, ruslanmd wasn't ready to stop there. A little bit of luck and a lot of solid poker helped the Moldovan player win a second MicroMillions event in as many days here in Event 64.

Before there could be a winner, though, there had to be a full field of players, each with his or her own eyes on that top prize. In all 10,664 of them showed up, pitching in three dollars apiece to build a prize pool worth $31,992, more than double the original guarantee. With no rebuys or add-ons, the road from the end of late registration to the final table was straight, if not particularly short.

Nine hours and 40 minutes after the tournament began, with blinds and antes at 125K/250K/31.25K, these nine players met to determine a champion:

MicroMillions 4 - Event 64 final table.jpg

Seat 1: JoWoZo (2,873,672 in chips)
Seat 2: McMazine (2,430,580 in chips)
Seat 3: KOJIXO3HUK77 (11,173,658 in chips)
Seat 4: gor-tot (1,398,071 in chips)
Seat 5: aydinho18 (6,322,086 in chips)
Seat 6: gumbo1 (1,869,244 in chips)
Seat 7: manopokerms (5,811,348 in chips)
Seat 8: ruslanmd (10,256,706 in chips)
Seat 9: Mn0909 (11,184,635 in chips)

The two shortest stacks both managed to pick up chips in the first orbit, Russia's gor-tat via a blind steal on the button and the United Kingdom's gumbo1 by splitting a pot holding A♦Q♣ against the A♦ Q♦ held by Brazil's manopokerms. Their fellow short-stack, Germany's McMazine, joined the double-up parade a few hands later when T♠ T♥ held up against manopokerms' 9♣ 9♥.

Good-bye to gor-tat...

The pattern went back to raise-and-take-it for several hands before another pair-over-pair confrontation led to the first bustout of the final table. Russia's Mn0909 opened for 750K in middle position, holding 6♥ 6♣. The action to the big blind where fellow Russian gor-tat, already in for 300K, called off 254K more to go all-in with 4♦ 4♥. The A♦ Q♠ T♦ 5♥ K♣ board changed nothing, and gor-tat was gone in 9th place ($223.94).

...and gumbo1, too

gumbo1 managed to double up to 7.93M on the very next hand with pocket kings against McMazine's pocket nines on the next-to-last hand of the 150K/300K/37.5K level. But six hands later a case of bad timing struck:

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With that, gumbo1 left in 8th place ($351.91).

JoWoZo jumps ship

On the very next hand JoWoZo of the Netherlands would join gumbo1, moving all-in pre-flop from the cutoff with A♥ 3♠ and failing to beat the A♦ K♦ held by Russia's KOJIXO3HUK77. JoWoZo took down $639.84 for 7th place.

All-in and out for aydinho18

KOJIXO3HUK77 picked up about 5M chips over the next few orbits. First the Russian player flopped a straight in the small blind with 9♥ 8♦ and coaxed 1.2M chips out of aydinho18 after checking the flop; then, after checking behind on the 5♣ Q♠ 4♦ flop and calling a bet on the 5♠ turn, a bet on the river was good to win a 5.5M-chip pot from manopokerms.

One orbit later, on the first hand of the 250K/500K/62.5K level, short-stacked aydinho18 finally found a hand worth going all-in and shoved with A♦ T♦. manopokerms flat-called on the button with A♥ K♦ but nobody else came along, leaving the Brazilian to scoop the pot all alone when the board came down 9♣ A♣ 3♣ 2♥ 6♣. That made aydinho18 the 6th-place finisher ($959.76).

McMazine's subscription expires

Two hands later McMazine was in a similar situation. Sitting the small blind with A♦ 8♦, the German player shoved for 2.93M chips after Mn0909 opened for a minimum raise to 1M on the button. KOJIXO3HUK77 called in the big blind with A♥ T♥, and once Mn0909 folded the two were heads-up for the pot. By the turn the board gave McMazine a little hope for a straight, reading 7♣ 2♣ 9♣ J♦, but the 2♠ on the river sent the German player out in 5th place ($1,279.68).

KOJIXO3HUK77 says no deal

That left the remaining four players stacked like so:

Seat 3: KOJIXO3HUK77 (17350418 in chips)
Seat 7: manopokerms (13772449 in chips)
Seat 8: ruslanmd (5468361 in chips)
Seat 9: Mn0909 (16728772 in chips)

At this point ruslanmd, yesterday's champion who had quietly sat back throughout the final table and was now the owner of its shortest stack, asked if the others might like to make a deal. KOJIXO3HUK77 immediately replied "3" - that is, only after the next player was gone. ruslanmd replied, "ok," and they got down to business.

ruslanmd won the first pot that wasn't raise-and-take-it by reraising and taking it. But the first truly significant pot went to Mn0909 for this well-timed play:

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The next hand saw ruslanmd catch a break to climb out of the cellar. The Moldovan player moved all-in on the button for 6.53M while holding A♥ 8♠ and ran into KOJIXO3HUK77's J♣ J♠ in the big blind, but the 6♠ 8♥ A♦ 6♥ 3♠ board bailed ruslanmd out to win the 13.56M-chip pot.

With blinds and antes now up to 300K/600K/75K, KOJIXO3HUK77 tightened up while the other three players traded blows for three orbits. Then the Russian doubled up to 9.63M with K♠ 8♠ against Mn0909's A♥ T♠ in a blind-versus-blind battle thanks to a king on the flop. Seven hands later KOJIXO3HUK77 would once again tangle with ruslanmd, this time with A♦ K♠. The 3♠ 5♥ 8♥ K♥ 4♠ brought the Russian a pair of kings, but ruslanmd's 8♣ 8♦ flopped a set to win the 18.52M-chip pot. With that, KOJIXO3HUK77 was out in 4th place ($1,599.60).

About that deal...

Now stacked like so, the players made a deal:

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Seat 7: manopokerms (5,718,449 in chips)
Seat 8: ruslanmd (25,566,739 in chips)
Seat 9: Mn0909 (22,034,812 in chips)

It took just six minutes to split the remaining prize pool up according to chip count, leaving $300 and the champion's hat on the table for the winner. The shortest-stacked of the three players, manopokerms managed to double up just a few hands later after three-betting all-in with A♣ 2♠ and getting a call from Mn0909, who had opened the hand on the button with Q♦ 9♦. An ace on the flop was good enough for manopokerms to take down the 8.51M chip pot.

manopokerms' hand of fate

But facing two bigger-stacked opponents, the Brazilian was outmatched. After moving all-in four hands later with K♣ J♦, manpokerms was called by ruslanmd with A♥ 4♦. The board came 9♠ Q♦ A♠ K♠ 4♣, and manopokerms was out in 3rd place ($2,690.04).

Heads-up for a second title

ruslanmd had gone from the shortest stack with four players to the leader with one more player to beat:

Seat 8: ruslanmd (34753637 in chips)
Seat 9: Mn0909 (18566363 in chips)

The first 30 hands of the heads-up match were essentially back-and-forth. Only two reached a flop, and only four beyond that were won with more than a raise before the flop. Finally Mn0909 would double up on this hand:

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With that pot Mn0909 claimed a lead of about three big blinds. But nine hands later, after a series of preflop confrontations that went the wrong way, it had evaporated. In the end this hand would be the finisher for Mn0909:

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The deal earned Mn0909 a $3,569.52 payday, a career best by more than $2,500. As for ruslanmd, the Moldovan player took down $4,059.90 and the champion's hat for winning a second MicroMillions 4 event in less than 24 hours.

MicroMillions 4 Event #64: $3.30 NL Hold'em
$15,000 guaranteed prize pool
10,664 entrants
1,350 places paid
$31,992 total prize pool

1st place: ruslanmd (Moldova) $4,059.90*
2nd place: Mn0909 (Russia) $3,569.52*
3rd place: manopokerms (Brazil) $2,690.04*
4th place: KOJIXO3HUK77 (Russia) $1,599.60
5th place: McMazine (Germany) $1,279.68
6th place: aydinho18 (Germany) $959.76
7th place: JoWoZo (Netherlands) $639.84
8th place: gumbo1 (United Kingdom) $351.91
9th place: gor-tat (Russia) $223.94
* - denotes results of a three-way deal

What a run it's been the last two days for ruslanmd! The win was also good for 100 points on the Player of the Series leaderboard, on which ruslanmd currently has sole possession of 10th place. With only 50 points between ruslanmd and the current leaders - FENOMENICO of Russia and misc87 and Spoli4tor of Germany - the Moldovan player is officially in the hunt for recognition as the most accomplished player of MicroMillions 4 with three days remaining on the schedule.

Jason Kirk
@PokerStarsBlog in MicroMillions